Zelda V. Troiano

February 13, 1945March 31, 2021

Zelda V. Troiano, 76, of St. Pete Beach, FL, passed away on March 31, 2021, after a short illness. She will be missed immensely by her family, friends and community. Born in Lebanon, PA, Zelda was a graduate of York Suburban High School in York, PA, Millersville University in Millersville, PA, with an undergraduate teaching degree, and the University of South Florida with a master’s degree in education. An avid educator all her life and teacher of Latin, Spanish and French, Zelda taught in high schools in New Jersey, at St. Joseph Hill Academy in Staten Island, NY, and at Largo High School, Largo, FL, and was a guidance counselor for 17 years at Largo.

Zelda, her husband Jim Troiano, and their three daughters moved to St. Pete Beach from Staten Island in 1984. Over the years, she became an integral part of the community, serving for more than 34 years in numerous roles with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78. After Zelda retired from Largo High School, she volunteered with the St. Pete Beach Public Library, where she taught countless patrons how to use their iPads and download books onto their Kindles (and so much more). Five years ago, she took a part-time job managing the Events column in Paradise News and became an expert in all the goings-on of the area, much to the delight of her visiting adult children.

Zelda had a passion for travel, starting with a road trip around northern Europe in 1969, followed by many other trips to Europe, Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii with her husband Jim. She passed on the travel bug to her daughters, and they took numerous magical trips together to places including Rome, Tuscany, Munich, London, Paris, Athens, Santorini, Crete, and New Zealand. Zelda and her sister Trina were also known for their cross-country road trips, making good use of their Lifetime National Parks passes while also visiting Canada and nearly every state (only Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas remained on her list!).

Zelda is survived by her daughters Amy, Elizabeth, and Emily Troiano; her son-in-law Chris Trinacty; her grandchildren Ada and Michael; her sister Trina Strohman; her brother Harry Strohman and many loving family members. Over the past few years, Zelda was involved with local food banks. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Feeding Tampa Bay.


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Zelda V. Troiano

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Judy Corner

April 13, 2021

There are certain people that you meet in your life and you realize how lucky you were to do so and what a loss there would have been if you hadn't met them. That's the way I feel about Zelda - can't imagine if I hadn't gotten to know and spend time with her.

I put off adding to this memory, just trying to figure out what to say - the words were not coming. But recently in telling a friend (that only met Zelda on a couple of occasions) about Zelda's passing she said, "She was 'sparky'"! And I suddenly realized that was the perfect phrase for Zelda - she was "sparky" and she added "spark" to our lives.

Mary Thomas

April 12, 2021

Bill and I were so saddened to hear

Kim Dyer McDonald

April 11, 2021

I was so sad to hear the news of your mother's passing. She and your dad welcomed me into their home as a long lost friend and were so gracious and kind to me while I was living in Tampa. My mom and dad loved visiting them when they came down from Massachusetts to visit. Your mother was such a sweet and gentle soul with a sharp wit and great sense of humor. She, like your dad, will be sorely missed. Much love to you all. ❤

Dawn Trattner

April 11, 2021

When I think of Zelda, I cannot help but smile, remembering her infectious smile and personality. Childhood friends through high school, Zelda and I shared many memorable experiences growing up in York PA in the 50’s and 60’s.
It was my good fortune that our paths crossed again fifteen years ago in Tampa Bay when I moved here. After 40+ years we got together, thanks to an updated high school directory. What fun, as we rekindled our friendship and reminisced about the “good old days” over lunch on occasion. Zelda often spoke about her family, her love of teaching and travel. Her zest for life was inspiring…to say the least. Zelda will be missed by many—her family, her friends, her colleagues, her community and by me. Old friends are precious.
My sincere condolences to her girls and her family. May favorite memories of special times you shared bring you smiles amidst your tears, and the love of family and friends help you through this time of loss.

Kris Haddon

April 11, 2021

She was a patient, soft spoken, kind hearted person that will be missed dearly! So sorry to hear of this! Sincere condolences to her loved ones..

Andrew Baraban

April 11, 2021

My condolences. I have so many wonderful memories of her and learning Spanish from her. She was so patient and kind with all of her students. I still remember the first class I ever had with her. It was Spanish I, and when I walked in she had this song that was playing. It was a song that sang all of the Spanish speaking countries and there associated capitals. I can still sing the song to this day. Again, my condolences.

Sabrina Shea

April 11, 2021

My condolences and prayers to Ms. Troiano’s family, friends and students. Ms. Troiano was an amazingly compassionate teacher and one I have never forgotten. I struggled learning Spanish through my years in high school, but she never gave up on me, even convinced me to join the Spanish club for extra credit to pass the class. Her compassion and willingness to help in any way possible is something I will never forget and she was truly one of my favorite teachers. Rest In Peace Ms. Troiano.

Margie Sundstrom

April 11, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Zelda at Largo High and the privilege of calling her friend.
In the work place, Zelda was a caring, hard working and tireless in her pursuit of improving the lives of her students and Largo High. All who worked with her respected her endless devotion.
As a friend, Zelda was intelligent, humorous, kind and loyal. I will miss her witty repartee and our fun excursions. One does not often have the privilege of calling such a quality person as Zelda Troiano, friend.

Nichole Turcios

April 10, 2021

In 1993 & 1994 I had Mrs. T for spanish. I don’t remember many teachers from high school, but I certainly remember her. Our first day of class, she only spoke spanish and we were all lost and confused. One of the first words we all learned was no sé. I also remember she came to class wearing two different colored shoes. I’m laughing now writing this, but she was so embarrassed. She said something along lines as, “this is what you get when you dress in the dark.” Thank you for allowing me to stroll down memory lane. She definitely held a place in my heart. My condolences.

Casondra Simmons

April 10, 2021

It was an honor to be a student when she was at Largo High and then being able to work there with her as a colleague. What a wonderful person she was and she will be missed by so many. She touched the lives of so many students and because of that she will live on forever in our hearts. Thank you and RIP 💕